2018 ZD Cabernet Sauvignon 50th Anniversary
Region: Napa Valley
The 2018 vintage marked ZD Wines’ 50th anniversary, an incredible milestone for a small, family-owned winery committed to producing world-class wines of the highest quality. Mother Nature fulfilled our expectations for this momentous vintage by rewarding us with an outstanding growing season that has led to some amazing wines, including this 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon!
Each vineyard lot was hand harvested and fermented separately in small stainless steel open-top fermenters. Hand punchdowns during fermentation ensured a gentle extraction of color and tannin. The wines were then barrel aged for ten months in American Oak, after which our first blending trial tastings occurred. Once the final blend was decided, the wine was returned to barrel and aged for another 14 months before bottling.
The wine has a deep, complex aroma of ripe dark berries, cassis, plum, and baking spices, with hints of toasty vanilla, clove, and cola. The palate is loaded with forward dark fruits and silky, round tannins that help keep the layers of flavor present through the incredibly long finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is drinking beautifully right now and will continue to develop complexity for many years to come.